The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg has apologized for her statements about the organization Turning Point USA.
Earlier in the week, The View came under fire for Goldberg‘s and Joy Behar’s comments about the organization, which held its Student Action Summit. The two had previously assumed that Neo-Nazi demonstrators outside of the summit were invited by the group.
After the group issued a cease-and-desist letter to ABC claiming "defamatory statements," Sara Haines issued an apology on behalf of the talk show Wednesday.
“On Monday we talked about the fact that there were openly neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida Student Action Summit of the Turning Point USA group,” she said according to Decider. “We want to make clear that these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA.” She added that a spokesman for Turning Point USA said the group “100 percent condemns those ideologies” held by the neo-Nazis present.
Haines added that the spokesman said, "Turning Point USA security tried to remove the Neo-Nazis from the area but could not because they were on public property. Also, Turning Point USA wanted us to clarify that this was a Turning Point USA Summit, and not a Republican Party event."
A Turning Point USA spokesperson also told Fox News that the group specifically wanted an apology from Goldberg, who said the most regarding equating the group to neo-Nazis. During the original discussion, Goldberg assumed the group was “complicit” in the neo-Nazi demonstration.
"You let them in and you knew what they were, so they were complicit," she said at the time.
"And I don't like it when people make assumptions about me, and it's not any better when I make assumptions about other people, which I did. So my bad. I'm sorry."
Goldberg has gotten in trouble for comments before; she was suspended for two weeks in February from The View after saying the Holocaust wasn’t about race, but “man’s inhumanity to man.”